Manchester United (7th, 35th) can overtake West Ham (4th, 37th) for a coveted 4th place on the Engish Premier League table if they can beat The Hammers in a head-to-head clash at the Old. Trafford.
The Red Devils were not convinced about late, beat Brentford 3-1 on Wednesday Despite a poor first half performance, in which goalkeeper David De Gea was once again forced to find big saves. It is a recognition for the quality of the squad that Man United somehow still managed to achieve a 4W-1L-2D Premier League record under interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Fourth place is the minimum tournament goal set by Cristiano Ronaldo for his club in a recent interview – it’s a position that guarantees a place in next season’s Champions League. Moving to that spot on Saturday would do something they haven’t done under Rangnick: win consecutive games.
But West Ham also have aspirations to finish fourth and the Champions League next season and the Hammers will not be easily overcome despite a history of struggling at Old Trafford (without a win since 2007) and defeat to Man United. at the beginning of the season. David Moyes’ side should be well-rested after Sunday’s final game, plus his team has a few influential figures back for this game (line-up below).
Sporting News will follow the match live and provide live scores updates, commentary and highlights as they unfold.
Manchester United vs. West Ham
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Half 1: Manchester United 0, West Ham 0
42nd minute: West Ham have congested numbers in their box and Man United can’t find a way through. The Red Devils will need to move a little faster to find loopholes. Meanwhile, West Ham can use the extended possession period to relieve some of the deep defence.
36th minute: Man United scream the penalty! Cristiano Ronaldo dashes into the box when contacted by Kurt Zouma, but he’s looking for that. Referee Jon Moss didn’t point his finger at the dot and Ronaldo didn’t like it.
31st minute: So there’s not much going on around both cells, an indication of how even this game is and how sloppy the teams are with their passes. So far, there hasn’t been much separation between West Ham and Man United.
20th minute: Bruno Fernandes almost connects with Cristiano Ronaldo in the box! A turn of the ball missed the post of Ronaldo, who successfully broke the offside trap. It feels like Man United are about to score.
17th minute: Man United cornered West Ham deep in these first 15 minutes with much of the action from the left flank down to Anthony Elanga’s flank. The addition of Ralf Rangnick to the squad in recent games has made a positive impact.
7th minute.: Not to be outdone by Zouma, Manchester United captain Harry Maguire tackled Jarrod Bowen in the Man United box. It is an even start to this game and it should be an even game.
4th minute: Kurt Zouma was in superb form on his return to the starting line-up for West Ham, knocking out Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood with a shot from the top of the box.
First minute: We’re in progress at Old Trafford. West Ham wear the away kit as a guest.
9:35 am: Here’s David Moyes’ explanation for goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski’s missed match:
Moyes on Fabianski: “Like every other club we have some injuries and we have some COVID [cases], so we’ll have to play with what we have. It’s unfortunate that Łukasz missed – he’s played really well for us this year” https://t.co/UYcM1O1BqX
– Tom Clark (@_thomasjclark) January 22, 2022
9:14 am: There are some doubts about the neck injury that prevented Ronaldo from playing. He is starting:
8:40 am: Declan Rice, rumored to be a transfer candidate to Man United in the future, should be the main factor in this match.
Manchester United squad vs. West Ham
Despite bringing some bumps, veterans Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani was in the squad, with Ronaldo starting. Jadon Sancho is the bereaved’s absence after a death in his family sidelined him for the midweek game against Brentford.
The players absent from this match are the injured Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw (hamstring), and defender Eric Bailly people in the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast. Aaron Wan-Bissaka is on sick leave, while the defender Victor Lindelof missed the game to be with his family after their home was broken into last week.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-David De Gea (GK) – 27-Alex Telles, 5-Harry Maguire, 19-Raphael Varane, 20-Diogo Dalot – 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay – 36-Anthony Elanga, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 11- Mason Greenwood – 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United substitute (9): 26-Dean Henderson (GK), 4-Phil Jones, 8-Juan Mata, 31-Nemanja Matic, 34-Donny van de Beek, 14-Jesse Lingard, 25-Jadon Sancho, 10-Marcus Rashford, 21-Edinson Cavani
Questions for coach David Moyes revolved around the fitness of Tomas Soucek (recent match with COVID-19) and central defender Kurt Zouma (a long absence due to a hamstring injury), but both have returned to the starting lineup. even though Benrahma said was present after Algeria was eliminated in the group stage at the Africa Cup of Nations, he was not in the team.
The starting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was not on the team, but it is unclear if it was related to the injury or the COVID-19 case, which Moyes did not specify.
West Ham starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 13-Alphonse Areola (GK) – 3-Aaron Cresswell, 4-Kurt Zouma, 15-Craig Dawson, 5-Vladimir Coufal – 41-Declan Rice, 28-Tomas Soucek – 8-Pablo Fornals, 10-Manuel Lanzini, 20- Jarrod Bowen – 9-Michail Antonio
West Ham subs (9): 35-Darren Randolph (GK), 24-Ryan Fredericks, 23-Issa Diop, 31-Ben Johnson, 26-Arthur Masuaku, 33-Alex Kral, 16-Mark Noble, 7-Andriy Yarmolenko, 11-Nikola Vlasic
How to watch Manchester United vs. West Ham
- Day: Saturday, January 22
- Time: 10 a.m. ET
- TV Channels: – Not available –
- Spanish TV: – Not available –
- Streaming online: Peacock (requires registration)
The Manchester United vs West Ham match is only available on NBC’s Peacock streaming platform.
Manchester United vs. West Ham, odds
Odds by DraftKings
- Cash flow: Man United +100 / Draw +275 / West Ham +260
- Spread: Man United -0.5 (+105) / West Ham +0.5 (-120)
- Total goals is O/U 2.5: Above -155/Under +125
- Both teams scored: Yes -185/No +140